From July through September 2005, shortly after a typhoon, 40 cases of Burkholderia pseudomallei infection (melioidosis) were identified in southern Taiwan. Two genotypes that had been present in 2000 were identified by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Such a case cluster confirms that melioidosis is endemic to Taiwan.
Prenatal stress results in various learning, behavioral and emotional alterations observed in later life. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects of prenatal stress are not fully understood. In the present study we examined the impact of prenatal stress (an unpredictable restraint stress) during gestational days 13 to 20 on the performance in… (More)
This paper presents a case study of synthesis and analysis of the industrial embedded microcontroller HT48100, using the hardware/software co-synthesis tool (PIPER-II) for microcontrollers/microprocessors. The synthesis tool accepts as input the instruction set architecture (behav-ioral) specification, and produces as outputs the pipelined RTL designs with… (More)
Defective autophagy in Alzheimer's disease (AD) promotes disease progression in diverse ways. Here, we demonstrate impaired autophagy flux in primary glial cells derived from CRND8 mice that overexpress mutant amyloid precursor protein (APP). Functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) restored normal autophagy by reversing abnormal activation of… (More)
Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) has been recognized as a central mediator and promising therapeutic target in hepatic fibrosis. In this study, we generated a novel virus-like particle (VLP) CTGF vaccine by inserting the 138-159 amino acid (aa) fragment of CTGF into the central c/e1 epitope of C-terminus truncated hepatitis B virus core antigen (HBc,… (More)
Methamphetamine (METH) abuse is a serious social and health problem worldwide. At present, there are no effective medications to treat METH addiction. Here, we report that aggregated single-walled carbon nanotubes (aSWNTs) significantly inhibited METH self-administration, METH-induced conditioned place preference and METH- or cue-induced relapse to… (More)
[This retracts the article on p. 241 in vol. 13.].